Cheesecake Cookies


'Tis the season for sugar. Between cookie swaps and office party merriment, we'll see our fair share of decorated sugar cookies and peanut butter blossoms come Christmas Day. While there will always be room for classic holiday cookies on our dessert table, we like to get creative with our favorite seasonal flavors every now and then.That's where our Cheesecake Cookies come into play. As adorable as they are addictive, these bite-sized cheesecake confections just might become your new favorite Christmas cookies. Truthfully, the hardest part of this recipe might be letting the cookies cool completely without grabbing one (or two) for a taste test.

Cheesecake Cookies
Photo: Caitlin Bensel
Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
30 cookies


  • 5 ounces (about 2/3 cup) cream cheese, softened

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 1/2 cups (about 6 3/8 oz.) all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

  • 30 maraschino cherries without stems (from 1 [8-oz.] jar), drained and patted dry


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Beat cream cheese, granulated sugar, and butter with an electric mixer on medium-low speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Stop to scrape down sides and bottom of bowl; continue beating until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Add egg; beat on medium speed until very smooth, about 1 minute.

  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Gradually add flour mixture to cream cheese mixture, beating on low speed until just incorporated, about 1 minute.

  3. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a 1 1/2-inch scoop, dollop batter into rounds spaced 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven until cookies are set, about 12 minutes, rotating baking sheets from top to bottom racks halfway through bake time. (Cookie tops will not have any browning but will be slightly cracked and should spring back when touched lightly.)

  4. Transfer baking sheets to wire racks; immediately press gently into cookie tops using a round 1/4-teaspoon measuring spoon to create a small divot. Let cookies cool completely, about 30 minutes.

  5. Dust cookies with powdered sugar; place 1 cherry inside each divot. Store in an airtight container up to 1 day. To keep up to 3 days, store cookies without cherries in an airtight container; place cherries on cookies just before serving.

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